The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Beginning 2008

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Prequel to the popular Disney film set long before Ariel gave up her mermaid existence to live happily ever after with Prince Eric. The film finds Ariel (voice of Jodi Benson) torn between her love of music and her family duty. With the help of her friends, Sebastian (Samuel E. Wright) and Flounder (voice of Parker Goris), and her six sisters, Ariel sets about to try and restore music, friendship and love to the Kingdom of Atlantica.

Starring:
Jodi Benson, Sally Field
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 7 minutes
Starring Jodi Benson, Sally Field, Samuel E. Wright, Jennifer Hale, Parker Goris, Grey DeLisle, Tara Strong, Kari Wahlgren, Jim Cummings, Jeff Bennett
Director Peggy Holmes
Genres Science Fiction
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages English

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Benson VINE VOICE on 22 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
It's true... Disney has delivered a few sequels to their most famous movies which in someways offend the original...

Would be silly to say Ariel's Beginning matches the brilliance of the original movie but it is definitely an improvement on The Little Mermaid 2: Return To The Sea. The animation looks great and it is fantastic that almost all the original voice cast are back including Jodi Benson as Ariel.

It's a very interesting story with a little glimpse at Ariel's mother. When she is involved in a tragic accident King Triton is broken and Atlanta changes into a boring, military-like kingdom when he bans music. We learn a lot of the backstory of The Little Mermaid... why it is Ariel loves music... why Sebastian becomes the musical director of Atlanta... and how Ariel meets Flounder.

If you liked the other two mermaid films you'll definitely find something to like about this one. The extras which include a glimpse into the making of the Little Mermaid on Broadway are very interesting!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon D. Farrow on 12 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
admitidly its not what I had imagined it would be, just some cheap knock off with some badly thought out plot and poor songs.
well its not! It's brilliantly animated, the plots great and moves fast, it's moving (the openening 10 mins when we learn the fate of Ariels mother is pretty grown up for "just a disney sequell").
Give it a go, you wont regret it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Luce on 26 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
Bought for my 3 and 4 year old girls. They loved it and so did I. A very good prequel to the original film which we all loved. There's a bit of mild peril as you find out what happened to Ariel's Mummy so you need to be close to do some hand holding for that but the nasty person is not as scary as Ursula so no bad dreams.....
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I love all disney films. This one was different as it should have been before the first one but it was still enjoyable
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Received it in good time in readiness for the birthday gift it was designed for later. I am sure it will be well received.
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By C. Pawlowski on 10 April 2014
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This has been bought as a Birthday gift. It has not been given yet but I am sure it will be well received.
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This came quickly and efficiently for an Xmas gift. It was brilliant service. Has been enjoyed by all the family of all ages. Good family fun. Xx
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brilliant, i love the little mermaid and had the 1st dvd but not this one, i have watched this several times
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